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    High alcohol in a white

    Thanks, I'll avoid the temptation to mess with it :D
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    High alcohol in a white

    Thanks my thought on that was to see how the profile changed as the acid went down to see if it had an effect that might make the alcohol level less objectionable. I'll have to look at the options for reducing the alcohol, I think I had read that generally the approach is to add some water but...
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    High alcohol in a white

    I have a 3 gallon batch of wine made from Itasca grapes that we grew and after racking I found that they ended up fermenting down to .992 from a starting sg of 1.102. This gives me about 14.4% alcohol. It definitely seems a bit on the strong side and I'm wondering if I should try to adjust this...
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    Bees, Birds and damaged grapes - what to do?

    Is damage spreading or limited to the grapes that were initially damaged? Birds wasps and hornets will damage grapes, in my experience honey bees (what I see in your pictures) go after grapes that are already damaged. Not an expert but to me the damaged fruit looks like bird damage (at least...
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    Marquette Grape?

    Yeah those numbers look good, the SG might be a touch low but with the PH at 3.5 I'd think they are ripe (I'm in the first year of picking marquette as well so not an expert). I'm surprised they were not darker, this is what our looked like with a SG of 1.094 and a PH of 3.00 (I probably should...
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    Marquette Grape?

    My guess is it will get more red, I think you may have done a more thorough job of crushing them than is necessary. I'm not an expert but I think the main goal is to break the skins so the juice can be released. Everything loosens up during fermentation and comes free on it's own that way. As...
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    Marquette Grape?

    Wow those are some pulverized grapes, how were they crushed? The juice from our marquette was a pink/red color right after crushing and darkened significantly while fermenting on the skins.
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    Bird Netting and Wasp control

    I'm curious what netting you used, I think we may be looking for something a little different next year as a couple birds did get stuck in our netting and that is something we would like to try to avoid in the future.
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    First harvest

    I tend to agree, but the La Crescent needed to be picked grapes were starting to deteriorate, not sure if it was insects or fungus (probably both) but they would not have lasted another week. I was surprised at the brix on them because my last sampling was 23.5, I must not have gotten as...
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    First harvest

    The bounty
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    First harvest

    We picked our first grapes this year from vines we planted three years ago. We didn't get as much as I had hoped for but enough to start playing with, learned a lot for next year. Numbers on some were better than others, I'm guessing some of the high acid is due to the vines being young and...
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    Harvest or not?

    From what I found on google Glonora is a seedless table variety not a wine grape. Given that you are not too far off the brix levels for table grapes (17-19), what brix have you gotten to in the past?
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    SWD control

    I've seen a little discussion of SWD (spotted wing drosophila) in a few threads but not too much focused on it directly. Our vines are in their third year and we are getting our first harvest this year and I have noticed SWD on some of the ripening berries. I sprayed with Sevin (new formula...
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    Marquette Grape?

    Are you trying to accomplish creating a longer cordon in a shorter space? I don't think this will work because the shoots growing off the cordon (with top wire training) hang down and I think you will end up with denser vegetation and a lack of sun/airflow. Maybe something like a Scott Henry...
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    Marquette veraision

    Where are you located? Mine are a bit behind that in western MA.
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    Sprayer option for the small vinyard

    Thanks for the input, I think I am going to go with a solo backpack for now and see how it goes, I've been spending a lot of money on these projects lately and will be spending more come harvest time. Hudson does have a gas powered mister (18539) that is on sale on Amazon for $240 right now...
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    Sprayer option for the small vinyard

    We planted 64 vines three years ago and are expecting our first harvest this year. As the vines are getting bigger and foliage is getting denser I'm looking for a better sprayer than the 2 gallon canister type I have been using up til now. Previously some research I had done had pointed me to...
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    Insect causing shoot tips to break

    Thanks, I was planning to hit them with Sevin, but wanted to get an idea what it was first and make sure that would be appropriate.
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    Insect causing shoot tips to break

    Anyone know what causes this sort of damage? My first though was something was getting into the vineyard and eating the new shoots as on many of these the tips appear to be gone, but the vineyard in fenced. A little more investigation found some with broken tips that are partially attached. If...
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    Trying to decide which vines to grow

    I spent a lot of time agonizing over this same question last year. We ended up planting marquette, Petite Pearl, Verona, La Crescent and Itasca. So far Planted this spring) itasca has been the most vigorous and sounds like there is a lot of promise for the wine. I would try to order as many...
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